Archive | January, 2017

The Inauguration 

22 Jan

I was one of those that held out hope that Donald Trump would rise to the occasion. He’s a New Yorker. He grew up around people of all persuasions. He has seen the tapestry of what makes America great. Then, came his Inauguration speech. I was broken hearted. How could he say those things? What was he thinking? He won! Now, unite! That speech was anything but uniting. I was embarrassed for the former Presidents on that stage. I think George Bush was trying to pull that poncho over his face so that he could hide! I watched President Obama and Michelle leave D.C. I hope he was thinking, “Get me out of here.” I’m sure he was thinking, “What have I left them with?” So, it begins. The Trump Presidency. I still want him to rise to the occasion. I do think he knows what’s right. I know, I know. You think I’m crazy here. I just have to believe he has the smarts to do this. I’m giving it a few more days. I’ll get back to you next week. 

Dear Mr. President…

15 Jan

Dear President Obama:

This is a thank you note.  A thank you for the past eight years.  Now, while not everything was perfect, my life has been pretty good.  I just saw a  retrospective of your time as President.  It was an amazing eight years.  I remember how I felt on election night 2008.  Watching that crowd in Grant Park cheering you on.  Your beautiful family.  I really did believe we could accomplish anything.

It was not an easy time to take office.  The economy had tanked.  The banks, real estate, the auto industry.  Quite honestly,  I was scared.  A lot of people were scared.  Look at us now.  People are working and the economy is humming along.

Health care.  Right away, you got to it.  Insisting that health care is a right for every American.  I remember watching the vote that approved the Affordable Care Act.  I was so proud.  Yes, in the words of your Vice-President, “It was a big fucking deal!”

Marriage equality.  I’m gay.  I’m married to the best man in the world.  Love wins.  Love won.  Thank you for making it happen.

Now, its almost done.  You leave office this week.  I have no idea what is to come.  No idea what they will try and do to your legacy.  I do know this though.  You were there.  You made a difference.  You made me a better person.  You made America better.  I will not forget you and am grateful for living in a time when you were President.  Go have that nice, long beach vacation.  You deserve it.  Enjoy it so much that you get bored.  Then, get back to it.  Get back to us.  You have a lot left to offer.  I need you.  We all need you!



Russell Rhodes “A Fellow American”